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Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas

The shopping. The dining. The suites. The shows. The clubs. Is there anything about Wynn Las Vegas NOT worth swooning over?

M Resort

M Resort

Without a doubt, this is the best place to go in Henderson! If you don't mind staying off Strip, do come here! The rooms are quite luxurious and spacious with at least 550 sq. ft to offer. The bathrooms have full soaking tubs and flat-screen TVs, while the main rooms have comfy beds, big flat-screen TVs, and nice sitting areas. Oh, and they also have killer views of The Strip and the mountains! Don't hesitate to eat here. Marinelli's does classic Italian right, while Red Cup Cafe serves quality food 24 hours a day. Even the buffet is pretty good here. The M really has set a new standard for luxury in Henderson, and now I really appreciate it as a Green Valley local! ;-)

Bellagio

Bellagio

Ah, Bellagio... The one & only. The Belle of the Ball. The pride & joy of Steve Wynn, and of Las Vegas. Ah, how times have changed these last 12 years. The rooms are drabby and showing their age. There are numerous cracks in the marble at Via Bellagio. The casino just isn't what it used to be. But you know what? There's just something about Bellagio that won't let it die. The grandeur remains, no matter how faded it may seem at times. The high-rollers still pack the casino. The gourmands still fall over each other (and rightly so!) for the murderers' row of great restaurants here. And the well-heeled still enjoy the still mighty suites. This carpet joint has real staying power. Now if only MGM Mirage would FINALLY get to renovating the place...

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

This place may be ginormous, but it's still fit for a Caesar. Bradley Ogden is still one of my all time favorite restaurants in town (fabulous "farm to table" classic goodness!). The Forum Shops still set the standard for Las Vegas luxury shopping. The brand spankin' new Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis is AWESOME! Oh, and did I forget all those sweet goodies at Serendipity? And all of this is right in the heart of The Strip, so you can't beat the location!

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay

This carpet joint has really earned my adoration the hard way. I almost always win at the slots here. I've enjoyed staying at THEhotel's awesome suites. I don't remember a single bad meal at Border Grill, Red White and Blue, Aureole, or Mix. Oh, and how about that pool??!! All in all, the understated elegance of this place still makes Mandalay Bay a winner for me! :-D

THEhotel

THEhotel

I just recently stayed at quite the sweet suite at THEhotel, the all-suite boutique hotel within the Mandalay Bay Resort complex. The suite is about 725 square feet, with a separate living room, separate bedroom, guest "WC", and separate master bathroom. The suite is decorated in a hip, contemporary style with plenty of soothing earth tones. The three flat screen TVs were also a nice touch, even if they're starting to show their age. And my goodness, the bathroom is DIVINE! I don't know if I've ever been in such a deep and relaxing soaking tub! Oh, and by the way, the service was fantastic overall! The check-in clerks were courteous. The bell desk attendant who delivered my luggage to my suite gave me a tour of the digs. Housekeeping hardly missed anything when cleaning. Whatever problems existed in 2006 (thankfully!) look to be gone in 2010. :-D

Mirage

Mirage

The one. The only. The original. The Mirage. When Steve Wynn first opened this over 20 years ago, this was the classiest carpet joint in town. And while other "ladies of The Strip" have come and gone, this one continues to age gracefully, like a good wine or good cheese. I know some of the recent "60s mod remixed" renovations have been controversial, but I'm personally digging it. It's like this lucky lady has a whole new lease on life! Personally, I just adore Carnegie Deli... IMHO the best REAL NYC style deli in town. Onda is also an underappreciated hidden Italian gem here. And "LOVE" so far is my fave Cirque show. I'm working on getting a room here soon, so hopefully I'll let you know soon how the room renovations are holding up.

ARIA

ARIA

It's working out its "issues", but I'm still giving Aria a chance to persevere and shine. I LOVE the "postmodern urban minimalist" design of the joint, and Julian Serrano is the new top tapas spot in town. I also can't wait to try Sage.

Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget

Hands down, this is the best hotel downtown! I stayed here in April when I signed the papers for my condo, and I had no regrets about it. I was a little worried at first about staying somewhere downtown, but all those worries evaporated when I stepped inside The Golden Nugget and appreciated the truly classy atmosphere of the place. The rooms are a little on the small side (at least by 4-5 star Strip standards), but they're appointed tastefully with comfy beds, flat-screen TVs, and nice bathrooms. The pool area is without a doubt a true gem, especially with the great water slide and "tank" in the middle with live fish! Grotto is not to be missed for good Italian food (at quite the bargain!), while Carson Street Cafe is the place to go for a late night bite. Oh, and don't forget to check out the nightly video shows outside on Fremont Street! :-D

Palms

Palms

It's hip. It's funky. It's pimp. It's The Palms, baby! I must admit I have a soft spot for this joint. I always seem to win in the casino. Simon at Palms Place is my new favorite Sunday Brunch spot. The clubs here are sexy and always bursting with action. All in all, this is what the ideal "Ultimate Vegas" casino looks like.

MGM Grand

MGM Grand

This place really is grand... And sometimes it's great, while other times it's not. The Signature suites are AWESOME... But the standard rooms? Not so much. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon: AWESOME! Grand Wok and Sushi Bar? FAIL. Casino? Depends on which part you're gambling in.There's plenty of variety here. You'll probably find something you'll like at MGM Grand. I have. We just have to explore and learn.

Green Valley Ranch

Green Valley Ranch

This is Station's carpet joint closest to my "Home Sweet Henderson" pad. It used to be the "top notch joint" around these parts, but lately The M has been stealing its thunder... And one of its parent companies is bankrupt while the other is struggling. GVR has a great outdoor mall, The District, right outside along with a big movie theater inside. But if you're looking more "naughty fun" (nightclubs, burlesque shows, etc.), you won't really find much of anything here.

Palazzo

Palazzo

OK, so Palazzo isn't as bad as its sister next door. The casino's layout isn't as confusing. The mall has some swanky shops, including my fave Barney's. First is a hip & happening bar/restaurant. Still, there's something wrong here. It feels a bit like a Bellagio-Wynn hybrid knock-off. And as much as I like the non-smoking casino areas, I still don't feel right gambling here.

LuXor

LuXor

Call me crazy, but I'm liking "The New Luxor: Getting to the Point". And yes, the new decor does get to the point of this place: It's time to PARTY! Oh yeah, the cleaned up carpets and sleek, simple design much better fits "New Luxor" and its mission to be the (cheaper) party palace of The South Strip... For folks who'd rather not fork the extra dough to take the road to Mandalay just a little further. I just wish MGM Mirage will eventually get to the point in upgrading those damned fugly rooms! Yuck, they still have boob tubes and "faux Egyptian" fixtures in there! Maybe when the rooms look as sleek and sexy as the casino floor, I'll go upstairs more often. Until then, I'll just stop at Cathouse before taking the road back to Mandalay.

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

When I was a little one making the trek to see Grandma in Summerlin, she'd sometimes like to take us here to show us "how the locals have fun"... And WOW, this was fun back in its day! But now? The great restaurants are gone. The "suites" are looking drabby. (In fact, the TV in my "suite" didn't even work properly.) It's just a sad state of affairs, and it will be interesting to see if Harrah's actually sells it to someone interested in reviving Poor Lil' Rio.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Paris, oh Paris, what happened? Seriously, WTF??!! When will Harrah's ever invest in some much needed "surgical enhancement" here? Well, I guess the new Sugar Factory is a start...But the "Disney-fied France" is getting old and worn. And the rooms look like "granny-pads". And everywhere from the rooms to the sports bars still have "boob tubes", for goodness sake! Oh, and did I mention the big balloon outside hardly has any paint left on top?If it weren't for Mon Ami Gabi being such a fabulous bistro, I would rate this place FAR LOWER...

Venetian

Venetian

Sorry, but IMHO this place is a faker. The Venetian claims to be "high-class", but beneath that "classy veneer" is just another aging, tacky, overly "Disney-fied" themed "convention factory" casino.The only reason I ever occasionally stop in here is because it has a few salvageable restaurants... But with David Burke and Charlie Trotter (at Palazzo) gone, I have even fewer reasons to bother with this place. Why do the impostor when I can get the real deal (Mirage, Bellagio, Wynncore) nearby?

Plaza

Plaza

This joint is a dump. There's no getting around that fact. If it weren't for the great grub I enjoy at Firefly, I'd rate this casino lower. At this point, Firefly is THE ONLY redeeming quality of The Plaza.

Buffalo Bill's

Buffalo Bill's

It's in Primm. It's run by Herbst/Terrible's. It's looking dowdy. Need I say more?

The Linq Hotel and Casino

The Linq Hotel and Casino

The IP is in a great location on The Center Strip. The monorail is right there. That's the best reason to stay at The IP...And I can't think of anything else! I won't ever forget that one night when the fire alarm went beeping... And it was flashing and beeping and making announcements ALL NIGHT! They never even bothered to fix it until sunrise, they just told us not to worry over the intercom. So my dad and I couldn't get any sleep that night, and I had to leave for my day's events cranky and groggy. (I stayed here during a "business trip" in November 2008.)And if that wasn't bad enough, it was worse when we checked out and found out that someone at the hotel had hacked into my dad's bank account and tried to steal money! It took weeks for him to work with BofA to recover the stolen funds and secure his account. For that alone, I'll probably NEVER stay at The IP again.So what else to expect? Crappy rooms that make Motel 6 look like "luxury accomodations". So-so food. Again, there's absolutely no reason to stay here other than need for an ideal location on a super skimpy budget.

Excalibur

Excalibur

Just plain horrifying. The casino is super loud. The food is nasty. The slots aren't really loose. Personally, I'm better off at Mandalay Bay.

Circus Circus

Circus Circus

This place scares me. Period. Yes, it's THAT tacky.

Ten Things

1: Picasso @ Bellagio (my NEW fave dinner!)
2: Bradley Ogden @ Caesars
3: Aureole @ Mandalay Bay
4: Fashion Show (my fave mall)
5: THEhotel suite @ Mandalay Bay
6: Encore's suite
7: Anthem Hills Park (my fave hike)
8: Settebello (my fave pizza in my 'hood!)
9: Red Rock Canyon (my fave views)
10: FreeZone (my fave GAY bar!) :-P


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Thanks for the shoutout! Your advice is well taken. I was at The Hotel last weekend for couple of nights. Also, visited one of your faves, M. Impressive. Went to City Center. Liked the Aria Casino but the overall picture of City Ctr is confusing to me for my short visit there. You seem to be in Vegas a lot. Have fun.

Shouted on Wednesday, 19th May 2010 by Rockymountainroller

All set for Uncork'd. Five nights at Encore. So far, just Grand Tasting and "All-Star" Lunch panned.

Shouted on Friday, 12th March 2010 by jsmeeker